Gallup: Legal Pot Support Surges to 58%

Gallup: Legal Pot Support Surges to 58%

(By David Downs / Smell the Truth File Photo)

Gallup is reporting this afternoon that 58 percent of Americans now support legalizing marijuana. 

Support surged ten points in the last year to 58 percent, a new record.

"For marijuana advocates, the last 12 months have been a period of unprecedented success as Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana," Gallup states in their release. "And now for the first time, a clear majority of Americans (58%) say the drug should be legalized. This is in sharp contrast to the time Gallup first asked the question in 1969, when only 12% favored legalization."

Gallup polled 1,028 adults Oct. 3-6, and is 95 percent confident the margin of error for the poll is +/-4 percentage points. They were asked "do you think marijuana should be made legal, or not?" Sixty-five percent of Democrats said yes, 62 percent of Independents, and 35 percent of Republicans.

"it is likely that this momentum will spur further legalization efforts across the United States," Gallup reports.